Niskayuna is the top-rated school district in the Albany area, according to Business First's new rankings of academic performance.
Rounding out the top five in the 11-county market are Bethlehem, Voorheesville, North Colonie and Guilderland.
On Monday, Business First, a Buffalo business publication, released its full academic rankings for the Albany Area, which encompasses 84 districts in Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schnectady, Schoharie, Warren and Washington counties. The study was limited to districts with enrollments of more than 260 students.
Complete details will be printed in Business First's 2012-2013 Guide to Upstate School Districts, a 482-page electronic publication that will be available on Friday.
Business First used a 192-part formula to generate the Albany Area rankings, based on four years of standardized test scores from the New York State Education Department. The tests ranged from statewide exams for third graders in English and math up to the full array of Regents exams for high schoolers.
Separate standings for eight markets will be combined on Thursday into master rankings for all of Upstate New York.
Business First has issued annual performance ratings for schools in Western New York since 1992. It added yearly rankings for the Rochester Area in 2010 and launched the Upstate ratings a year later.
Here is the complete list of Albany area rankings:
1. Niskayuna (Schenectady County)
2. Bethlehem (Albany County)
3. Voorheesville (Albany County)
4. North Colonie (Albany County)
5. Guilderland (Albany County)
6. East Greenbush (Rensselaer County)
7. Shenendehowa (Saratoga County)
8. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Saratoga County) 9. Saratoga Springs (Saratoga County) 10. Lake George (Warren County) 11. South Colonie (Albany County) 12. Cambridge (Washington County) 13. Queensbury (Warren County) 14. Schodack (Rensselaer County) 15. Greenwich (Washington County) 16. Ballston Spa (Saratoga County) 17. Scotia-Glenville (Schenectady County) 18. Schuylerville (Saratoga County) 19. Duanesburg (Schenectady County) 20. Averill Park (Rensselaer County) 21. Schalmont (Schenectady County) 22. Stillwater (Saratoga County) 23. Fonda-Fultonville (Montgomery County) 24. Salem (Washington County) 25. South Glens Falls (Saratoga County) 26. Glens Falls (Warren County) 27. Warrensburg (Warren County) 28. Canajoharie (Montgomery County) 29. Windham-Ashland-Jewett (Greene County) 30. North Warren (Warren County) 31. Johnsburg (Warren County) 32. Kinderhook (Columbia County) 33. Brunswick (Rensselaer County) 34. Mayfield (Fulton County) 35. Broadalbin-Perth (Fulton County) 36. Hoosick Falls (Rensselaer County) 37. Coxsackie-Athens (Greene County) 38. Germantown (Columbia County) 39. New Lebanon (Columbia County) 40. Chatham (Columbia County) 41. Rotterdam-Mohonasen (Schenectady County) 42. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (Albany County) 43. Mechanicville (Saratoga County) 44. Hunter-Tannersville (Greene County) 45. Cobleskill-Richmondville (Schoharie County) 46. Galway (Saratoga County) 47. Waterford-Halfmoon (Saratoga County) 48. Greenville (Greene County) 49. Berne-Knox-Westerlo (Albany County) 50. Taconic Hills (Columbia County) 51. Jefferson (Schoharie County) 52. Schoharie (Schoharie County) 53. Hadley-Luzerne (Warren County) 54. Hoosic Valley (Rensselaer County) 55. Fort Ann (Washington County) 56. Hartford (Washington County) 57. Gilboa-Conesville (Schoharie County) 58. Johnstown (Fulton County) 59. Corinth (Saratoga County) 60. Sharon Springs (Schoharie County) 61. Fort Edward (Washington County) 62. Middleburgh (Schoharie County) 63. Saint Johnsville (Montgomery County) 64. Northville (Fulton County) 65. Fort Plain (Montgomery County) 66. Argyle (Washington County) 67. Granville (Washington County) 68. Berlin (Rensselaer County) 69. Hudson Falls (Washington County) 70. Watervliet (Albany County) 71. Cohoes (Albany County) 72. Rensselaer (Rensselaer County) 73. Gloversville (Fulton County) 74. Catskill (Greene County) 75. Whitehall (Washington County) 76. Oppenheim-Ephratah (Fulton County) 77. Cairo-Durham (Greene County) 78. Lansingburgh (Rensselaer County) 79. Amsterdam (Montgomery County) 80. Green Island (Albany County) 81. Troy (Rensselaer County) 82. Hudson (Columbia County) 83. Schenectady (Schenectady County) 84. Albany (Albany County)